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SOCCER: Manteca, East Union, Ripon Christian advance in SJS playoffs
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Sixth-seeded Manteca came back from a halftime deficit to knock off No. 11 Woodland 2-1 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.

Senior midfielder Caitlynn Wong assisted both second-half goals for the Buffaloes (20-3-1), setting up Cameron Silva and Sienna Jones.

“We came out and created opportunities and moved the ball around, but we were not playing calm early in the game and then they scored on a breakaway,” Manteca coach Justin Coeneberg said. “They started to defend even more, dropped players back and made things more difficult. We just started getting a little frustrated and tense, but in the second half we were able to turn it around.”

Manteca finished with 24 shots, while goalie Marissa Soza had eight saves. Woodland (9-6-1) scored its goal on a breakaway in the first half.

“Proud of the girls,” Coenenberg said. “We’re hoping not to face that much adversity early on, but situations like that make us stronger and prepare us for the upcoming game.”

The Buffaloes travel to No. 3 Ponderosa (15-3) next Wednesday. The Bruins of Shingle Springs drubbed Del Campo on Friday, 6-0.



East Union 3, Galt 0

The No. 7 Lancers (10-7-3) had their way with visiting No. 10 Galt (6-9-2), getting goals from Chelsea Keathley, Jenna Campbell and Tallon Cervantez.

Goalkeeper Cassidy Pearson earned the shutout with help from defender Brooke Dorland. East Union heads to No. 2 Pioneer (13-2-2) of Woodland next Wednesday.



Ripon Christian 1, Rio Vista 0, OT

The second-seeded Knights (19-4-3) dominated their first-round contest but only had the one goal to show for it. They attempted more than 30 shots and had 12 corner kicks.

Sarah Vander Veen came through with the deciding moment, scoring on a near-post shot late in the first overtime period. The defense took it from there to notch its 12th shutout of the season.

Ripon Christian faces a familiar foe in the semifinal round next Wednesday, as No. 3 Mariposa (12-3-2) visits. The Knights won one and tied the other in their head-to-head series with Mariposa in Southern Athletic League play.